If you want your concrete to look dramatically different than everybody else’s, you should consider getting it stamped! Stamped concrete is an application meant to mimic a variety of other textures including:
These patterns are created with rubber mats. Stamped concrete is a great option for patios, decks, driveways, pool decks, and more. However, you should note that the term “stamped concrete” can be used to refer to both stamping newly poured concrete with rubber mats as well as concrete overlays. It’s important to understand the difference between these two applications.
Stamped Concrete vs. Concrete Overlays
At a superficial level, these two concrete applications differ based on their thickness. Overlays are thin, only about as thick as a coin. Overlays are applied to cured concrete. On the other hand, stamped concrete is about four inches thick. Stamped concrete is rubber stamped with a pattern at the time of pouring a new slab of concrete. Typically, overlays are cheaper to install than stamped concrete.
Which concrete application you should choose depends on your project. For example, if you’re pouring concrete and want to make it look like stone or tile, stamping the concrete is the perfect, cost-effective solution. On the other hand, a concrete overlay is great if you want to match your existing concrete with a new pour, or give character to existing plain boring concrete. A concrete overlay is the perfect way to breathe new life into old concrete on your patio, pool deck, or driveway. There’s no need to replace the concrete slab. An overlay even hides minimal cracks.
When you choose Arrowhead Deck and Concrete, you can get an overlay that will keep your concrete cool. However, darker colors will absorb heat.
Contact Arrowhead for Endless Stamped Concrete Possibilities
If you want to check out our finished stamped concrete work, view our online portfolio. This is a great way to get inspiration, but remember: the results are limitless! If you have a vision for your stamped concrete project, contact Arrowhead today!